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Air Force Photo 56173 AC. Aircraft #43, s/n 44-10570, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Bomb Squadron. Hit by flak on 23 November 1944 mission to Brod, Yugoslavia with Bernard Ball crew aboard. Tail gunner KIA, both waist gunners survived with wounds. Aircraft landed at Bari, Italy.
Rudder cables severed, elevator cables partially severed. Pilot used differential engine power to control the aircraft to a safe landing.

Personnel of the 15th Air Force with their flak damaged B-24 Liberator. Official caption on image: 'Controls severed by flak burst, B-24 came in on engines only US Air Force Photo.'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Personnel of the 15th Air Force with their flak damaged B-24 Liberator. Official caption on image: 'Controls severed by flak burst, B-24 came in on engines only US Air Force Photo.'

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Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 449th Bomb Group

    449th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted as 449th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May at Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona.[2] its original components were the 716th,[3] 717th,[4] 718th,[5] and 719th Bombardment Squadrons.[6] ...

  • 717th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2017 17:37:32 449th Historian Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

449th Mission records, Bernard Ball DFC citation. http://449th.com/44-10570/

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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